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  • Expected timescale to complete this job

    Posted by David Stevenson on April 26, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    Hi, what’s peoples thoughts on how this vehicle should take to complete with one person working on it, taking into account all the graphics would be prepared and ready to be applied? Vehicle would need cleaned first with surface cleaner as they’ll all be washed prior to arrival. We’ve possibly 14 of these to do so would be interested on what other peoples timescale would be.

    Many Thanks, David

    Jeff replied 11 months, 2 weeks ago 7 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Robert Lambie

    April 26, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    Obviously, you have the strip down of the rear, and remove the plate, ladder etc.
    But one man, I would allow for one day’s labour.
    The first van is always the slowest, from then on the installer should get quicker with each van they do.
    However, still base it on one day. If you are subbing the work, then get the person’s day rate, but thats what you pay for one van. Not a case of they give you a figure for one day and the van takes 10 hours or spills onto the following day, blah blah.

  • Martyn Heath

    April 27, 2023 at 6:07 am

    I agree with rob, a day, probably a long day on the first one, say 8-10 hours but after that they should full into place nicely

  • David Hammond

    April 28, 2023 at 12:13 am

    I’d telling the customer two days, but actual hands on fitting day and a half comfortably.

    Depends how far you’re going with it though, I’ve seen some companies just trip wraps around door edges where I wrap it around and then trim… but that can save a significant amount of time.

  • Dan Piddington

    April 28, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    I would say a day and a half with cleaning, trimming, post heating.

  • Dan

    April 28, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    I’m with Rob, I’d say 1 day.

    The rear doors will obviously take the longest. The bonnet will take less than half hour.

    I’d say a maximum of 2 hours on both sides which leaves you 5 and a half hours to get the rear doors done in an 8 hour day.

    I think you could maybe save an hour on each one once you know the job if not more.

  • David Stevenson

    April 29, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Good to hear people opinions. 1st van I done took approx 11 hours. That included me having to weed and back up all the graphics before cleaning the van & fitting. We’d a bit of an issue with a few extra cut lines on the bonnet which has since been resolved. We’ve another 14 of these to do now so the plan is to have one of our other guys prepare the stuff leaving me to get stuck in with the fitting side of things. Going to be a busy few weeks it seems 🙂

    • David Hammond

      April 29, 2023 at 4:54 pm

      If they are identical vans, coming in over a few weeks, I would produce the graphics for all, or at least some of the vehicles, so it’s just a matter of installing when they arrive. Unless absolutely necessary I have everything prepared before the vehicle arrived and boxed up.

  • Robert Lambie

    April 30, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Hi David

    The time I was estimating was for the installation of the graphics only, by one fitter.
    I realise you were doing this all on your own, mate. And you have combined the manufacturing, prepping of the graphics, stripping and installing the graphics, all within your tracked time of 11 hours.
    So when you remove the manufacturing process from your time, split it and allocate the graphics installation to another person. The 8-hour shift should be more than achievable to complete the installation. Keep in mind the first van is always the slowest etc.

    If you are doing a fleet of vehicles, it is important that you have a fixed process in place and that anyone involved is following it.
    When manufacturing, you only need to be 1.5 vans ahead of the installer, but if you gain a lead of say two vans being ready, and whilst machines are running the other person can then be helping with the installation. By that, I don’t mean the graphics, but stripping the parts off the vehicle, cleaning, and parking where the graphics should go.

    When the vans are being stripped, keep all the parts in a box or a bin bag or something. it is so easy to lose a screw or a clip etc.
    Also, take before and after pictures of a part you are removing, or a short phone video of the person removing it. it helps if you need to reinstall something and you are unsure how something went.

    Also, it is very important to take photos of registration plates, followed by a video walk around of the vehicle pointing out any scratches, dings, loose mirrors, missing badges etc literally anything that can be seen as an imperfection. done like this, showing the registration etc. then filing it till you are paid at minimum. because you don’t want them coming back to you with a complaint further down the line.

    it happens, I have the t-shirt and it’s not a good position to be in when someone is blaming you for something you haven’t done.

  • Jeff

    May 1, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    i would say one day for the fitting of the vinyl.
    4 hours for the removal of parts and wrapping of the doors. you have the remainder of the day to fit the sides and bonnet. the side has fair coverage but all those hexagons are not being wrapped, so should be easy enough. a decent order to get! 👍

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